Six Law Firms Investigating Denied, Late Claims in Black Farmers Settlement

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Law firm representatives holding informational meetings in select Southeastern locations.

Six law firms, McEachin & Gee (Virginia), Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Pettaway & Campbell (Alabama), James Scott Farrin (North Carolina), Pogust, Braslow & Millrood (Pennsylvania and New Jersey), Conlon, Frantz & Phelan (Washington, D.C.), and Phillip L. Fraas (Washington, D.C.), announced today that a team from their firms, featuring Attorney Donald Gee, will be traveling to Alabama and Mississippi to discuss the re-opening of the closed 1999 class-action lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman (Case number 1:08-cv-00940). This suit became known as the "Black Farmer Settlement." The law firms are now evaluating denied, late claims that may now have an opportunity to be considered under a new law, which was proposed in part by Senator Barack Obama.

Mr. Gee and Special Guest Dr. John Boyd, Jr., President, National Black Farmers Association, will be speaking at the following locations:

Monday August 18, 2008
Regency Hotel
400 Greymont Ave.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-969-2141(For Directions Only)
10am to 6pm

Tuesday August 19, 2008
Multi-Purpose Building
678 Main St.
Fayette, MS 39069
10am to 6pm

Wednesday August 20, 2008
Natchez Community Center
215 Franklin St.
Natchez, MS 39120
601-442-5880 (For Directions Only)
10am to 6pm

Thursday August 21, 2008
Southwest Events Center
29 Hwy 48 East
Tylertown, MS 39667
601-876-4011 (For Directions Only)
10am to 6pm

Friday August 22, 2008
John The Baptist M.B. Church
500 Lumberton Rd.
Columbia, MS 39429
601-441-2350 (For Directions Only)
10am to 5pm

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives will be hosting meeting at the following locations:

Thursday August 21, 2008
Doubletree Hotel Birmingham
808 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
205-933-9000 (For Directions Only)
4pm to 8pm

Friday August 22, 2008
William McKinley Branch Courthouse
4000 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
205-372-3349 (For Directions Only)
4pm to 8pm

Saturday August 30, 2008
The Slavery & Civil War Museum
1410 Water Ave.
Selma, AL 36703
334-418-4889 (For Directions Only)

Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC will be hosting a meeting at:

Saturday August 30, 2008
Mother Mary School Gymnasium
318 Seale Road
Phenix City, AL 36869-6912
Meeting Starts at 10:00 A.M. EST/11:00 A.M. CST
(Mr. Gee will not be at this location.)

McEachin & Gee, Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Pettaway & Campbell, Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan, and Phillip L. Fraas are the only firms endorsed by the National Black Farmers' Association. These firms are also working with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund which will be celebrating 41 years of serving the rural south through building cooperatives and saving Black-owned land. The law firms collectively represent over 60,000 black farmers.

The firms have set up an informational telephone line at 1-866-472-7826, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also available is an informational website, http://www.blackfarmerclaims.com, where attorney Donald Gee discusses his own childhood working on a black-owned farm. Mr. Gee is an accomplished trial attorney. He obtained a B.A. degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he received a law degree from Howard University School of Law.

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